Packaging - ***
The graphics and design of this box are extremely good, particularly since they
found a way to place the figures in an action pose within the box. For the
MIBer, this works great, but it doesn't quite get as good of a score as it could
because the box is also weak in construction. You'll probably have a tough
time finding one that hasn't been hit by shelf damage.
That's not the big negative though. For
some reason, McToys continues to ignore your need for any sort of instructions,
and with a set like this that requires putting things together, it really would
be nice. It doesn't help that the posts shown on the box are not the way
they ended up going with the final set. Sure, I figured out which clear
pegs went where eventually, but I would have preferred not having to use a trial
by error method to do it. I'll help you out and give you the run down when
I get to that section.
EDIT - a faithful reader was kind enough to send
along a link where you can see instructions on the Mcfarlane website.
I have no idea why they didn't include them with the packaging.
Sculpting - ****
It's no surprise that the sculpting on this set is amazing. It is a McToys
diorama after all. But that doesn't mean it's perfect.
This Neo figure suffers from the same weak
sculpt as the single pack. Okay, I haven't reviewed that one officially
yet, but I'm not happy about the attempt at capturing Reeves. It's not
terrible, and it's better than the awful N2 versions, but it isn't as good as
the Morpheus or Twins figures, at least not in terms of capturing the look of
But the rest of the figure, the bad guy, and the
set itself are amazing. The detail work on the statues, coat of arms,
clothing, hands, etc. etc. etc. have to be seen to be truly appreciated.
They easily overcome any minor failings in the Neo head sculpt to push this
complete set to four stars.
Paint - ****
Overall, the set and figures are as close to perfect as you can get. They did go
with stickers for the intricate tile floor, but that works well since it gives
the floor a sheen that looks even more realistic.
However, beyond the figures, there aren't as
many paint operations as you'd expect. Between the stickers and the molded
ivory color of the walls and statues, there aren't many other colors.
The only negative is on the gold paint on the wainscoting.
It's obviously hand painted, and there's a little sloppiness in some of the
straight edges. But it's fairly minor,
Articulation - **
This set is a diorama, and you won't be using the figures outside their
standard poses. That's the way it's designed, and you should be aware
of that going in. It won't detract much from the overall score for me,
but it's still important to note.
Neo has neck, shoulders, wrists, left elbow and
thighs. The loser has neck, shoulders, wrists, and hips. The statue
comes apart at the neck, arms and waist, but they are articulated joints.
Accessories - ***1/2
There are a number of loose pieces with this set, intended to add more
detail. There are a total of seven swords, four small and three large,
which fit nicely into the holders on the wall. They are very basic in
design, but fit the bill.
There's also the large coat of arms which
attaches to the back wall. It's very sturdy, and adds a lot of color to
The final accessory is the staff weapon that
attaches to the back wall as well. This is the only bad piece, and the
large spiked end can be detached. I'm not sure why - neither figure can
hold it anyway - and the small peg holding it on is very thin plastic.
Mine is almost broken, and I barely messed with it. It's a weak point that
is easy to break, and wasn't really required.
Value - ***1/2
At $25, this is one of the better McToys values. Of course, the deluxe
sets are always better values than the individual figures, but with the
excellent look, great detail, and 'action' nature of this diorama, this one
stands out above the others.
Overall - ****
While this set has it's issues, overall it looks amazing on the shelf.
It's the best of the Matrix toys so far, and you won't be disappointed.
It's hard to see from the photos, but this thing is huge, particularly with Neo
hanging out there in mid-air.
I mentioned earlier that the set really could
use some instructions, but they aren't there. Here's what I found after
playing with the five small clear plastic pieces. First, the solid white
pieces in the statues arms, waist and neck are all removable. Some might
require a little effort to pull free, but they must be removed.
The clear plastic pieces replace them. The
largest one, with a hole in one end, is the waist attachment. The next
largest, with no bend in it, fits in the neck. The two pieces that have
bends are for the arms - the smaller one on the left, the larger on the
right. The very smallest of the clear pegs fits in the statues chest and
in the back of the villain. It's a tight fit between the head of the
statue and the head of the villain, but it does all go together with a little
effort. These pegs have one round side, so they can only fit in the holes
in one way.
There are no clear plastic rods for Neo, but a
black metal rod attaches him to the stair wall. I've had it all together
for about three days now, and there's no droop.
I've included a picture below of the top of the
statue with the clear pegs in place to help you get them in the right spot a
little quicker. There are also plenty of other general photos, so keep
Where to Buy -
I haven't seen these anywhere in stores yet, but I'm assuming Toys R Us, EB and
Gamestop will get them soon. On-line choices include:
Sniper has the set for $25 plus shipping. They also have various
bundles of the regular figures available next week.
- Beans Toys
has a great price at $23 plus shipping. Look under their McFarlane Toys
R Us (Amazon.com) has them for $25 as well.
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